Roly Porter – Aftertime [2011, Subtext]

One that probably should have made it onto my best of 2011 list just for sake of originality alone. Huge release by¬†Porter (one half of the Bristol dubstep duo Vex’d) after taking some time off under-impressed¬†with the state of the catch-all genre tag he had been playing a large role in evolving. In this solo debut he carves into uncharted territory with hugely atmospheric ambient passages offering some breathing room a midst downright heavy and explosive soundscapes bringing a great flow to the album. An absolutely engrossing listen I keep coming back to time and time again.